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This page shows your 100 most controversial books, as measured by the standard deviation of members star ratings. (This is also the source of the Zeitgeist category "25 Books People Can't Agree on.") To be included, a book must have been rated at least 20 times. Work titles are given.

Standard
Deviation
RatingTitle
1.3523.6al Qur'an by al-Qur'an
1.2643.71A Man Asleep by Georges Perec
1.2193.37The Bridges of Madison County by Robert James Waller
1.2093.53Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals by Immanuel Kant
1.1973.46Life of a Good-for-Nothing by Joseph von Eichendorff
1.1933.27Intrigue and love by Friedrich von Schiller
1.1783.54Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
1.1753.19A Simple Heart by Gustave Flaubert
1.1753.59Peter Schlemihl by Adelbert von Chamisso
1.1583.29A Village Romeo and Juliet by Gottfried Keller
1.1553.56Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
1.1473.84Moby Dick by Herman Melville
1.1444.02The Death of Virgil by Hermann Broch
1.1433.77Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin
1.1423.81The Turning Point: Science, Society, and the Rising Culture by Fritjof Capra
1.1343.57Runaway Horse by Martin Walser
1.1323.88The Loser by Thomas Bernhard
1.133.59Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
1.1164.13Ulysses by James Joyce
1.1133.8Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
1.0933.07The Jew's Beech by Annette von Droste-Hülshoff
1.0853.78The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
1.0813.86The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
1.0733.97The Illuminatus! Trilogy by Robert Shea
1.0713.47Lieutenant Gustl by Arthur Schnitzler
1.0693.51Separate Reality by Carlos Castaneda
1.0573.86Foucault's Pendulum by Umberto Eco
1.0573.53Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud
1.0553.91The shadow out of time by H. P. Lovecraft
1.0533.5Bahnwärter Thiel by Gerhart Hauptmann
1.0464.12Capital: A Critique of Political Ecomony, Vol. 1: The Process of Production of Capital by Karl Marx
1.0413.83Lysistrata; a comedy in four acts by Aristophanes
1.0393.51Mother Courage and Her Children by Bertolt Brecht
1.0363.46Meditations on First Philosophy by René Descartes
1.0333.9Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
1.0323.83The Flounder by Günter Grass
1.0263.93Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett
1.0223.64Antigone by Sophocles
1.023.82The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
1.0183.95The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction by Walter Benjamin
1.0183.89Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf
1.0143.7Innocent Erendira and Other Stories by Gabriel García Márquez
1.0143.57On the Social Contract by Jean-Jacques Rousseau
1.0133.54Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink
1.0123.66Oedipus Tyrannus by Sophocles
1.0073.97To Have or to Be? by Erich Fromm
1.0033.72The Fire Raisers by Max Frisch
0.9993.67Politics by Aristotle
0.9983.68Poetics (Ars Poetica) by Aristoteles
0.9973.69Asterix and the Black Gold by Albert Uderzo
0.9974.08Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
0.9963.65Eden by Stanisław Lem
0.9943.4Educating Rita by Willy Russell
0.9943.95The Castle by Franz Kafka
0.9923.44Spring's Awakening by Frank Wedekind
0.9913.64A Theatrical Novel by Mikhail Bulgakov
0.9893.69An Essay Concerning Human Understanding by John Locke
0.9893.94Stranger in a Strange Land (original edition) by Robert A. Heinlein
0.9873.8The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath by H. P. Lovecraft
0.9864.26Extinction by Thomas Bernhard
0.9853.36Songbook by Nick Hornby
0.9853.21Kleider machen Leute by Gottfried Keller
0.9843.97Love in The Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
0.9843.83Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
0.9823.48Peer Gynt by Henrik Ibsen
0.983.61Der Hauptmann von Köpenick: Ein deutsches Märchen in drei Akten by Carl Zuckmayer
0.9793.64Memoirs Found in a Bathtub by Stanisław Lem
0.9753.6Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes
0.9743.6Die philosophische Hintertreppe. Vierunddreißig große Philosophen in Alltag und Denken. by Wilhelm Weischedel
0.9714.09The Road by Cormac McCarthy
0.9713.8Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
0.973.67Gorgias by Plato
0.973.72The Prince by Niccolò Machiavelli
0.9683.97Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
0.9673.87The Pickwick Papers by Charles Dickens
0.9653.93Atonement by Ian McEwan
0.9643.82Homo Faber by Max Frisch
0.9633.85Asterix and the Chieftain's Shield by René Goscinny
0.9634.07The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
0.9613.84Candide by Voltaire
0.963.77Death in Venice by Thomas Mann
0.9593.83The Epic of Gilgamesh by Anonymous
0.9593.92Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
0.9573.22The Second Angel by Philip Kerr
0.9543.78Nausea by Jean-Paul Sartre
0.9533.64The Art of Always Being Right by Arthur Schopenhauer
0.9523.87One of Us by Michael Marshall Smith
0.9513.62The Cement Garden by Ian McEwan
0.9513.51Ensel und Krete by Walter Moers
0.9514.35Philosophical Investigations by Ludwig Wittgenstein
0.953.81Tales of Pirx the Pilot by Stanisław Lem
0.9493.77Women by Charles Bukowski
0.9474.25The Man Without Qualities (complete) by Robert Musil
0.9473.5Two Caravans by Marina Lewycka
0.9434.25Life of Galileo by Bertolt Brecht
0.9433.82The Universe in a Nutshell by Stephen William Hawking
0.9424.02The Trial by Franz Kafka
0.9413.98The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
0.9413.76Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
0.9363.73So Long a Letter by Mariama Bâ
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